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REDINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Schools, hospitals, and colleges in western Maine will be the first in line to buy electricity from a Franklin County wind farm under a new deal struck with the state's leading electrical retail supplier.
A proposed wind farm in western Maine would sell its output as renewable "green" power to large in-state customers under an agreement announced Wednesday.
FREEDOM - Competitive Energy Services LLC, the Portland-based company that wants to build a 4.5-megawatt wind farm in Waldo County, has voluntarily suspended its application to give the town time to draft an ordinance dealing with such proposals.
FREEDOM -- Tensions concerning a proposed wind turbine project continued to rise during an informational meeting that quickly turned into more of a debate on Monday evening.
Renewable energy sources have disadvantages as well as advantages, however. Although their costs have decreased in recent years, many renewables are still more costly than traditional sources. Some are also available only intermittently; for example, wind can be variable and hydroelectric is seasonal. And while many people are in favor of renewables in principle, many are also unhappy when faced with the prospect of a windmill or a trash-burning power plant in their neighborhood. These facilities face the same siting and investment difficulties that any electrical facility would, as the developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod have discovered in recent years.
FREEDOM -- Residents here and members of the grassroots group Windwise have determined at least one thing about the wind turbine project proposed for nearby Beaver Ridge: They have lots of questions.
SACO, Maine --City officials are exploring whether it makes sense to erect a wind turbine to generate electricity and cut down on the city's energy costs.
MARS HILL - With materials on the ground and contractors on site, a Bangor-based corporation is moving forward on its project to develop a wind farm in northern Maine.
FREEDOM -- Residents here want more information before an energy company erects three 400-foot wind turbines on a ridgeline above their town.
Cashman said there should be more investment in Maine in alternative energy sources such as wind power and biomass boilers. Maine even should consider bringing back nuclear power, which has become unpopular, as a way to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels, he said.
FREEDOM -- When the old pickup truck's rumbling diesel engine chugged to a stop at the top of Beaver Ridge, only gusting wind whistling through the anemometer's steel guy wires broke the silence.
AUGUSTA -- A public hearing on a proposed wind farm in the Redington Township will be set by the end of summer.
FREEDOM (March 13): Three wind turbines will sit atop Beaver Ridge in Freedom and quietly generate enough “clean” electricity to serve 2,000 households by the end of next year, if all goes according to plan.
FREEDOM - A Portland-based energy broker wants to install three wind turbines on a ridge in this western Waldo County town that would provide enough electricity to power 2,000 houses.
A Portland-based energy provider has submitted an application to build a small-scale wind power project in Freedom.
...the MEA Report can be used to estimate the value (avoided emissions) of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) by providing both REC suppliers and stakeholders with information that can be used to communicate the environmental benefits of RECs and works to enhance the overall REC marketplace. Editor's Note: As noted below under Methodology [emphasis added], this report appears to substantiate the point that wind energy would not backdown "baseload" generation.
ST. AGATHA - A Delaware-based company involved in wind energy is taking options on hundreds of acres of farm and forestland in the central St. John Valley where a wind farm could be located, if wind tests are positive.
AUGUSTA -- A bill that allows the Maine Public Utilities Commission to pull Maine out of the New England power grid won endorsements from several large manufacturers at a legislative hearing Wednesday, but opponents warned that it could hurt Maine consumers in the long run.
The number one item in his energy bill may be ambitious: increase the amount of renewable energy being generated in the state by ten percent in the next ten years. Baldacci told reporters some of it is happening already.
Other places in Maine suitable for wind farms would not involve destroying wilderness or decreasing tourist dollars.